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President Obama’s Passport Details Reportedly Leaked

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | March 30, 2015

President Obama’s Passport Details Reportedly Leaked

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Identity theft and having your personal information fall into the wrong hands is a major concern for travelers, and even United States President Barack Obama deals with issues of lackluster security.

According to Ben Jacobs of The Guardian, officials at the White House are investigating the possible leakage of Obama’s passport details, as well as other vital information from world leaders. The leaks are tied to the 2014 G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia.

In another report from The Guardian, a member of the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection “accidentally sent the passport numbers, visa details and other personal information of Obama and 30 other world leaders to organizers of the Asian Cup, a soccer tournament held in Australia in January 2015.”

White House deputy press secretary, Eric Schultz told Jacobs on Air Force One Monday that the administration is investigating the reported leak and will take whatever measures necessary to protect President Obama’s personal and private information.

There are several other world leaders who were also affected by the leaks, including British Prime Minister David Cameron, Russian president Vladimir Putin and German chancellor Angela Merkel.

On a positive note, the Australian privacy commissioner told Jacobs the original emails have been deleted and the Asian Cup local organizing committee doesn’t believe the content is accessible by any of the recipients anymore.

Regardless of how or why the leak happened, the American investigators will be looking to ensure the leaked information is stopped and any further leaks are nipped in the bud.


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